Google settles in Russian lawsuit, agrees to let other search engines be the default
Google was hit with an anticompetitive lawsuit in Russia over forcing its own search engine as default for Android phones sold with Google Services. The main complaint was that other search engines like Yandex were being pushed out.
Now the search giant has settled, agreeing to pay a $7.8 million fine as well as allowing phone manufacturers to choose any default search engine. Google has “reached a commercial agreement” with Yandex to allow the Russian search company to partner with OEMs as the default search.
Opinions vary about this issue. Some believe that the devices are Google’s and the company has a right to set its own search engine as default, while others believe Google should open up Android to allow for more competition so Google can’t use its market position to push its own services above others. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!